The Power of Music
Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.
The Model Music Curriculum
DfE March 2021
Our Music curriculum intends to engage and inspire our children through a curriculum that motivates and challenges all learners to develop a love of music. Our curriculum is designed for all children to be able to perform, listen to, review and appreciate music from across a wide range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. Children learn to sing and use their voices in addition to other instruments to create and compose music on their own and with others. We look to help our children become skilled, confident and creative musicians.
We are ambitious for every child and follow the National Curriculum for Music which aims to ensure that all pupils:
Charanga is used across school to support the implementation of a high quality music curriculum. Clearly sequenced lessons and units of work provide children with the opportunity to listen, sing, move, play instruments, improvise and/ or compose, and perform a wide variety of songs in many styles.
Children are taught about the elements of music through songs. A spiralled approach to learning ensures that musical elements and concepts introduced to younger children are continually revisited in more complex ways over time. This supports children in deepening their learning and musical expertise.
Social Questions and Musical Spotlights encourage children to consider the world we live in, their communities and relationships with others. We encourage children to engage with and inquire into the broader role music plays in our lives and society.
Resources from the following schemes: Singing Sherlock, Music Express, the BBC Ten Pieces and Sky Music Hub, are used to complement Charanga as appropriate.
Over the course of their time at St Patrick’s, children are given many opportunities develop their musicianship in different ways including:
These experiences support children’s learning and also provide them with a chance to broaden their understanding of Music and the Performing Arts, experiencing different forms of culture.
At St Patrick’s, we recognise the unique needs of each child and support them in reaching their full potential. Our Music curriculum enables children to progress to the next level of musicianship. We ensure children receive the experiences they require, both within and beyond the curriculum, to develop their skills and become confident musicians.
By the end of each Key Stage, we expect children to competent in the following areas, as outlined in the National Curriculum:
Key stage 1
Key stage 2
" I enjoy performing in small groups or pairs." (Year 4 child)
" I enjoy Music lessons because my teacher makes it interesting." (Year 3 child)
" I am proud of my work in Music." (Year 3 child)
" I enjoy watching performances by professional musicians." (Year 5 child)